Nymphidia

Nymphidia

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by Pantagruel
     
 

Pantagruel, founded in Essen, Germany, in 2002, is made up of three early music specialists who also have backgrounds in popular music, jazz, dance, and theater and they bring the sensibilities of those influences to their vital and hugely entertaining performances, which they describe as "semi-staged." Even in an audio recording, it's easy to hear the extent to which… See more details below

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Pantagruel, founded in Essen, Germany, in 2002, is made up of three early music specialists who also have backgrounds in popular music, jazz, dance, and theater and they bring the sensibilities of those influences to their vital and hugely entertaining performances, which they describe as "semi-staged." Even in an audio recording, it's easy to hear the extent to which their singing and playing are enlivened by their commitment to finding the dramatic impulse inherent in all these pieces. Their musicianship is impeccable, too, and makes the CD a joy to listen to. The works consist of Renaissance English songs, ballads, and instrumental pieces. Danish soprano Anna Maria Wierød has a subtle accent that effortlessly and believably conveys the distance the English language has come in 400 years; it's recognizable, but with an archaic, almost Chaucerian strangeness. Her voice is full and warm, capable of being piercing in its intense purity, and she deploys it with winning, unmannered charm. Dominik Schneider also sings, as well as playing a variety of flutes and gitterns, and Mark Wheeler plays lutes, citterns, and bandora. It would be inaccurate to say that they accompany Wierød because the three are such balanced partners in most of these pieces. They bring a thoroughly researched understanding to the music, but perform it with the rowdy spontaneity it calls for, a combination of skills that hasn't always been common in early music groups. The spirit of "Do what thou wilt," the motto of Rabelais' 1532 novel Gargantua and Pantagruel, is evident in the vivid liveliness of their performances. The sound is clean, natural, and nicely ambient. Highly recommended for fans of early music that has its roots in folk traditions, but even more so for anyone who has been scared off by the thought that historically informed treatment of this repertoire means dryly academic performances.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Carpe Diem
UPC:
4032324162825
catalogNumber:
16282
Rank:
177166

Tracks

  1. I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song)  - John Dowland  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  2. Jenny Pluck Pears  - John Playford  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  3. Excuse Me  - John Playford  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  4. The Dark Is My Delight, song  -  Anonymous, English  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  5. The Punckes Delight  - William Corkine  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  6. Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  7. O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  8. Grimstock  - English Traditional  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  9. Where the Bee Sucks, for voice & lute  - Robert Johnson  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  10. Howell's Delight, for consort  -  Anonymous  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  11. Full Fathom Five, for voice & lute  - Robert Johnson  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  12. Quadro Paven  - John Johnson  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  13. Scotch Cap (The English Dancing Master, 1651)  - John Playford  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  14. Yonder Comes a Courteous Knight, for voice(s) & ensemble  - Thomas Ravenscroft  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian
  15. Daphne  - John Playford  -  Pantagruel  - Jonas Niederstadt  - Schirin Nowrousian

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Pantagruel   Primary Artist

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